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For or Against, Southeast Board Gets Earful on Crossroads 312

For or Against, Southeast Board Gets Earful on Crossroads 312

The long awaited public hearing about the Crossroads 312 proposed project finally arrived Thursday night, and residents certainly made their thoughts about a possible zoning change loud and clear from both sides of the spectrum. For more than two hours, the Southeast town board heard from a long line of residents that either wanted to […]

As Crossroads 312 Public Hearing Approaches, Opinions Sharply Divided

As Crossroads 312 Public Hearing Approaches, Opinions Sharply Divided

Ahead of a highly anticipated public hearing focused on the proposed Crossroads 312 project, the developers for the plan are taking a proactive approach in hopes of swaying public opinion, while residents who oppose the project are working just as hard to win in the court of the community’s opinion. According to a press release […]

Allegations of Racism Probed During Mahopac-Carmel Basketball Game

Allegations of Racism Probed During Mahopac-Carmel Basketball Game

For the second time in as many boys’ basketball seasons, the Mahopac Central School District is investigating charges of racial slurs used during a basketball game. Less than a year after eight Mahopac students were suspended for racist tweets posted online directed at the Mount Vernon basketball team, Superintendent of Schools Brian Monahan sent an […]

Business Profile: Kine Buddies, Brewster

Business Profile: Kine Buddies, Brewster

When Kine Buddies officially opened this month, the idea of the store was both advantageous, yet still simply explained, by co-owner Eric Peterson. “The idea of the whole store was to take back Brewster,” Peterson said. “For 20 years we had a situation where nobody in this town of Southeast comes down here and no […]

Concern Surrounds Future of Little Fill’s Causeway in Kent

Concern Surrounds Future of Little Fill’s Causeway in Kent

As “Little Fill’s Causeway” on Nichols Street continues to deteriorate, Town of Kent officials are exploring options to repair the road before it reaches a point where it might be closed off to traffic. Collaborating with town, Putnam County, New York State, and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection officials, Kent councilman Bill Huestis […]

Summer Camp in Place in Town of Carmel

Summer Camp in Place in Town of Carmel

Though Carmel residents may be bundling up for frigid wind chills, it is not too early to plan for the summer and warm weather activities. Carmel Recreation Director Jim Gilchrist said registration will be accepted for its summer youth programs in March and information about the programs are currently available for the six-week summer camp […]

Jambor in Running for Board of Regents Position

Jambor in Running for Board of Regents Position

In the search for a new member to join the Board of Regents, state representatives interviewed the only Putnam County resident vying for the position: Brewster Board of Education president Stephen Jambor. New York State Assembly members publicly interviewed Jambor Friday morning at Greenburgh Town Hall in Westchester County. He’s one of several candidates from […]

PV Library Back Open, But Construction Not Done Yet

PV Library Back Open, But Construction Not Done Yet

When Putnam Valley Library director Kathleen McLaughlin came to work on Dec. 18, for the first time in more than a year, the community was more than welcome to join her. After having severely limited services and essentially shutting its doors to town residents, the Putnam Valley Free Library is finally back open for business. […]

Legislature Leadership Remains Unchanged for 2015

Legislature Leadership Remains Unchanged for 2015

It may be a different year, but the Putnam County Legislature elected the same two officials to leadership positions during the legislature’s annual organizational meeting Legislator Carl Albano was chosen as chairman and Legislator Ginny Nacerino was picked as deputy chairwoman, though the selections didn’t come without narrow votes to determine it. Albano regained chairmanship […]

Former Southeast Woman Jumps to Death

Former Southeast Woman Jumps to Death

A former Southeast resident apparently jumped to her death on Dec. 30, leaping from a bridge along Interstate 84 near Brewster. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Kathleen Kondrat, 69, a Putnam resident who lived on Shady Lane in Southeast before moving to Danbury, CT six months ago died after injuries sustained from the […]

Last of his Kind: Oliverio Departs from Legislature After 18 Years

Last of his Kind: Oliverio Departs from Legislature After 18 Years

In a county where politics can be unparalleled, unpredictable and unforgiving, outgoing Legislator Sam Oliverio has remained a constant at the county level for the last 18 years, an impressive feat for a man who in high school aspired to one day become the president of the United States. Talking with a past classmate recently […]

Business of the Week: Westchester Putnam Pottery, Mahopac

Business of the Week: Westchester Putnam Pottery, Mahopac

What do you do when you’re unable to find fun activities in your hometown? If you’re Debbie Albanese, you open a paint-your-own pottery studio. Albanese opened Westchester Putnam Pottery in November. “I’ve always had a love for art and did pottery as a hobby for years,” she says. “There are no opportunities for that kind […]

A Look Back on the Year it Was in Putnam County

A Look Back on the Year it Was in Putnam County

January: To no real shock to anyone who knows Putnam politics, the start of the New Year resulted in friction between the county Legislature as it mulled who the new chairperson would be. Three different legislators were nominated for the position, but when all was said and done, it was District 5’s Carl Albano who […]

Sheriff’s Office Gets Its Way in Final 2014 Legislature Meeting

Sheriff’s Office Gets Its Way in Final 2014 Legislature Meeting

By Janine Bowen The Putnam County Legislature approved new additions to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Monday night, but only after discord between lawmakers. First up was the approval of a new IED detection dog, which was is being funded by a $60,000 grant that was applied for by the sheriff’s department. The pure-bread German […]

Cuomo Applauded for Decision to Prohibit Fracking

Cuomo Applauded for Decision to Prohibit Fracking

After years of debate, demonstrations and questions, New York State will take action to ban hydraulic fracturing, it was announced last week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will move forward in banning all large-scale fracking in five upstate counties that were considered as hosts after a report prepared by the state’s Department of Health cited […]

Mahopac BOE Extends Interim Super’s Contract to Finish Year

Mahopac BOE Extends Interim Super’s Contract to Finish Year

As the Mahopac Board of Education continues to search for a permanent school chief, it extended current interim superintendent Brian Monahan’s contract until the end of the year at its monthly Dec. 9 board meeting. “Brian’s been an absolute gem,” board president Michael Sclafani said after the meeting. “You could not ask for a better […]

Area Educators React to Departure of State Ed Commissioner

Area Educators React to Departure of State Ed Commissioner

As a soft-spoken and mild-mannered figure, New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King seems like an unlikely candidate to be right in the middle of controversy. But with the rollout of the new Common Core standards, heated debate followed King wherever he’s been. Now, King is leaving that controversy behind after it was […]

Controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project Addressed in Mahopac

Controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project Addressed in Mahopac

During the last year, a group opposing the extension of the Algonquin Pipeline has gone before different levels of government in hopes of drumming up support to stall the impending project. Last week, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Extension) presented in front of the Mahopac Board of Education at its monthly meeting to speak about […]

Brewster Trustees Considering Revamped Bike Riding Legislation

Brewster Trustees Considering Revamped Bike Riding Legislation

By Neal Rentz For the second time in as many months, the Village of Brewster Board of Trustees held a public hearing in hopes of putting a suitable bike law in place. Brewster resident and business owner Erin Meagher, the only person to speak, told the village board on Dec. 10 she knows the dangers […]

Business Profile: Kent Countryside Nursery, Kent

Business Profile: Kent Countryside Nursery, Kent

For more than ten years, a large vacate lot along Route 52 leading into the Town of Kent has been an eyesore for drivers But now what used to be an empty, depressed site is filled with Christmas tress and holiday spirit and come the springtime, it’ll be a full-time nursery thanks to the efforts […]

Brewster District Voters OK $38.9 Million Bond Referendum

Brewster District Voters OK $38.9 Million Bond Referendum

Despite miserable weather all day, just enough voters came out and voted to approve a $38.9 million bond referendum put forth by the Brewster Central School District Tuesday. The margin of victory was 110 votes, with 635 voting in the affirmative for the proposition and 525 voting against the bond project meant to make repairs […]

Exclusive: Krauss to Stay With Putnam DA’s Office

Exclusive: Krauss to Stay With Putnam DA’s Office

After it was first announced that District Attorney Adam Levy’s second-in-command would be resigning, Levy confirmed through a spokesperson that chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss wouldn’t be going anywhere. In a statement sent to The Putnam Examiner, Levy confirmed Krauss would be staying with the DA’s office. “It is with great pleasure I announce […]

Brewster Schools’ Bond Referendum Goes to Voters Tuesday

Brewster Schools’ Bond Referendum Goes to Voters Tuesday

As Brewster Central School District voters go to the polls Tuesday to determine a $38.9 million bond referendum, district officials were making one final push to convince residents to support the measure last week. After the Board of Education passed a resolution in October to send the referendum, meant to upgrade facilities, to the voters, […]

Mahopac’s Olympic Diner Opens Doors Once Again After Fire

Mahopac’s Olympic Diner Opens Doors Once Again After Fire

Last Saturday, the parking lot for the Olympic Diner in Mahopac was nearly empty, and inside the longtime community fixture, only a few staffers and owner Nick Tsakonitis were stirring around. It was another day in what seems like far too long where the only thing missing was the most important part of the restaurant: […]

Crossroads Project Generates Debate in Southeast, FEIS Approved

Crossroads Project Generates Debate in Southeast, FEIS Approved

The controversial Crossroads 312 commercial development proposal in Southeast sparked heated debate during a Nov. 20 town board meeting, shortly after a split town board determined the project’s final environmental impact statement was complete. Town Planner Ashley Levy said only minor changes, such as the corrections of typographical errors, were needed for the FEIS. Voting […]

Johnson Thriving in Post as New County Historian

Johnson Thriving in Post as New County Historian

Diving into the historical material that surrounds her, Sarah Johnson has the energy and excitement that stereotypically isn’t matched with the job of an historian. On this day in mid-November, Johnson, the newly appointed Putnam County historian and Southeast resident, is taking a look at the life of Clinton J. Peterson, a Putnam resident and […]

King, Commish of State Education, Comes to Putnam Valley

King, Commish of State Education, Comes to Putnam Valley

Putnam Valley Elementary School students and staff welcomed a special guest Monday morning, a man that has been the center of the controversial new Common Core standards. New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King walked the halls of the elementary school within the Putnam Valley school system, observing students and teachers during classroom […]

Business Profile: Anne Koplick Designs, Brewster

Business Profile: Anne Koplick Designs, Brewster

When Anne Koplik started her business, it was off of her dining room table. The year was 1981. Now, 34 years later, Koplik isn’t working in her house anymore, but at her warehouse in Brewster. The owner of Anne Koplik Designs (AKD), Koplik, with the help of her two daughters Kara and Jill, has transformed […]

Chief ADA Resigns from Levy’s Office, Cites ‘Personal Reasons’

Chief ADA Resigns from Levy’s Office, Cites ‘Personal Reasons’

For the second time in about a year, Putnam County’s chief assistant district attorney is stepping down. Prosecutor Chana Krauss, District Attorney Adam Levy’s second-in-command, resigned from her post recently, citing family circumstances. And date for her departure was not immediately known. In a statement, Levy said he accepted Krauss’ resignation with a “heavy heart.” […]

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

As the weather starts to turn cold, the Putnam County SPCA would like to remind dog owners of their responsibilities under the law. The New York State Animal Cruelty Laws state that in order for a dog to be left outside it must meet ALL of the following conditions:  The shelter provided must be appropriate […]